Entertainment Weekly has unveiled a new plot description for DC’s Shazam! that offers more insight into the titular hero’s origin in the film.
Earlier today, fans were given their first official look at Zachary Levi in costume as the titular hero of Shazam! and now a new plot synopsis offers more details on the character’s origin story. While the story may not be surprising to fans who are familiar with the comics, the new description does confirm that Shazam’s origin in the film will be faithfully adapted from the source material:
“In the film, Billy (whose younger version is played by Disney Channel star Asher Angel) is assigned to a new foster home where he befriends comic book superfan Freddy. One day, Billy’s subway ride is interrupted by a mysterious Wizard (Djimon Hounsou) whose been searching for ages to find the right successor to inherit his powers. He reveals the teen’s been selected to gain an assortment of abilities, and all it takes is for Billy to say ‘SHAZAM!'”
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Directed by David F. Sandberg, Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Grace Fulton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard and Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana.
Shazam! is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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